UN holds interactive dialogue to connect with youth worldwideListen /
A global interactive dialogue opened in the General Assembly on Monday to bring the United Nations closer to the world's young people.
Approximately one thousand youth from around the world are taking part in the event, including participants in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, who are connected via video link.
Ahmad Alhendawi, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Youth, is the moderator.
"My message to youth is that the UN is uniting for you—uniting for youth—and wants to work more closely with you. We will be launching different initiatives, mechanisms for youth participation with the UN, including regional forums in collaboration with ECOSOC, the Economic and Social Council. Our UN country offices will be launching also youth advisory boards at the national level, and we want to listen and to hear from young people. We are reaching out to them through social media, through the website, through different initiatives, and we need to work together."
The global interactive dialogue kicks off events marking International Youth Day, observed annually on 12 August.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.